What was the stand name of Wankhede where Mahi's winning sixer landed during 2011 WC finals?

 2011 World Cup: How Gavaskar located the cricket ball Dhoni hit for a 6 to seal win

The man who occupied the seat on which the ball landed that night is learnt to have preserved both the ball and the ticket to the game. The Mumbai Cricket Association hopes to get the ball for its museum, and mark the seat in the stadium for posterity.

Where is the seat?

That spot has now been identified as seat number 210 in the MCA Pavilion, L Block. It’s a ground-level stand with the seat close to the fence, and only metres away from the famous staircase taken by the home Indian team, including the iconic last walk of Sachin Tendulkar.

How did Gavaskar come into the picture?

Having read about MCA’s plans to honour Dhoni in this fashion in The Indian Express, Sunil Gavaskar recalled that it was a friend’s friend who had been occupying that seat on that day, and was, in fact, the lucky possessor of the ball that Dhoni had hit for that iconic six. While the name is not yet public, it is learnt that the dream-catcher as it were, resides outside of India, and has safely preserved both the Cup final ticket and the ball.

How did Gavaskar help MCA?

Gavaskar wrote to Ajinkya Naik informing him that he could help MCA locate the ball that was lost in the ecstatic celebrations from that historic night, and that the spectator who caught the ball was an acquaintance of his (Gavaskar’s) friend. “Gavaskar informed Ajinkya that his friend knows the person who was at that spot, and even has the ball with him,” an MCA member said.

What are the MCA’s plans now?

It is expected that the MCA may request Gavaskar to help get in touch with the spectator. The cricket association, through Naik, a school cricketer himself who now owns a consultancy firm, will then officially request to procure the ball for its planned museum. The Museum Committee will try to meet the person as soon as it is possible.

“As an act of gratitude and tribute to his (Dhoni’s) immense contribution to Indian cricket, the MCA can devote a permanent seat on his name at the pavilion where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed,” read Naik’s letter, accessed by The Indian Express. It is learnt that the seat will be replaced with a brand new one with a plaquette on it.

Is this a novel way to honour cricketers?

Naming a particular seat, and not an entire stand, after a player is a novel idea in India, though not an alien concept abroad.

Simon O’Donnell’s 122-metre six in a First Class match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1993 has been commemorated with the seat where the ball landed being painted yellow.

Similarly, in 2018, at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegade honoured their former player Brad Hodge by painting a third-tier seat red, where Hodge’s 96-metre six landed in what was his last match as a player.

And of course, in Auckland, New Zealand, a plaque was placed on a seat where Grant Elliot hit a six that secured the country’s first appearance in the final of a World Cup, back in 2015.

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